Located on the south coast of New South Wales, Batemans Bay is a coastal beauty that should be on every Australian travel list. However, this Melbourne to Batemans Bay road trip is just as much about the journey as it is about the destination. You’ll discover hidden gems, make unforgettable memories and savour the local culture and cuisine along the way.
Road Distance: 755 km via Princes Highway A1
Driving Time: 9 hours
Where: From Melbourne (VIC) to Batemans Bay (NSW)
Duration: 10 days
Getting There - Melbourne to Batemans Bay
We recommend taking the Melbourne to Batemans Bay coastal drive, a solid 755km driving distance up the A1.. Don’t worry; this coastal route isn’t just a journey from one place to the next, it’s an experience that will bring you to some of the most breathtaking views and through some of the most charming towns that Victoria and New South Wales have to offer. Travelling by car is the best way for you to take in the beauty of the coast, enjoying the trip at your own pace and stopping at the array of towns and regions along the way.
MorwellFirst stop: Morwell. Located in the heart of the Latrobe Valley, this area is known for its rich history in the coal mining industry. Learn more about the town by stopping in at the Latrobe Visitor Information centre, or stop and smell the roses at the Morwell Centenary Rose garden. An oasis in the heart of the industrial town, the garden provides a tranquil environment to relax among the flora.
Lakes EntranceNext, make your way to Lakes Entrance. This beautiful town is situated at the entrance of the Gippsland Lakes—a network of pristine waterways and beaches that are perfect for swimming, boating and fishing. The Fishermen’s Wharf is a must-visit, where you can take a fishing charter or a scenic cruise along the lakes. You can even take a stroll along 90 Mile Beach, one of the longest stretches of uninterrupted beach in the world.
MallacootaContinue 2.5 hours along the A1 highway and you’ll find the picturesque coastal town of Mallacoota. Here you’ll find beautiful beaches, tranquil waters and the magnificent Croajingolong National Park, filled with incredible forests, inlets and sand dunes. If you’re looking for a more relaxing activity, enjoy a sunset cruise on the lake and observe the local fauna in their natural habitat.
BegaAs you continue north into New South Wales, you’ll eventually arrive at the small town of Bega. When in town, don’t forget to stop by the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre where you can enjoy a taste of history paired with some delicious cheese. Keep the history lesson going by stopping by Bega Pioneers’ Museum or Old Bega Hospital, with lots to learn about the heritage of this small town.
When you’re on the south coast, a week in Eurobodalla is essential. A region rich with history and culture, Eurobodalla is home to fresh seafood, blue waters and pristine beaches.
Stop by the mouth of the Wagonga Inlet in the small town of Narooma. Offering scenic drives along the waterfront and a plethora of natural wonders like Box Cutting Rainforest walk and the Seal Rocks, this serene locale is a stunning stop on any trip. If you’re up for a walk, take a trail walk up to one of the east coast’s most popular landmarks: the Glasshouse Rocks. For something truly unforgettable, take a day trip over to Barunguba Montague Island where you’ll be greeted by some beautiful Australian animals, including whales, dolphins, penguins and seals.
Just 40 minutes north, you’ll find beautiful Tuross Head nestled between Tuross Lake and Coila Lake. Enjoy an array of stunning waterside activities, from whale watching at One Tree Point lookout to to kayaking trips visiting the small islands by the rivers and lakes. Stay for a beer and a meal, or call it a night at one of the local accommodation options.
End your week (and road trip) in Batemans Bay, with delicious food, a stunning marina and a perfectly serene culture. With so much to see and do, a week in Eurobodalla promises an unforgettable experience and memories to last a lifetime.
Taking a coach from Melbourne to Batemans Bay is another great option. Not only is it a comfortable and convenient way to travel, but it also allows you to sit back, relax and take in the scenery without having to plant your eyes on the road. Along the way, you’ll pass through charming towns, lush forests and national parks. Take the coach from Melbourne to Batemans Bay via the coast and you’ll fall in love with the beautiful waters of eastern Australia.
The coach journey takes around 12 hours via two buses (with changeovers in Canberra city centre). Most bus services will drop you off at Promenade Plaza, Orient St, Batemans Bay. From there, you can hire a car and drive around the Eurobodalla region at your own pace, or you can leverage public transport to get you from A to B.
*Make sure to plan your bus services ahead of time to ensure an easy route, as route availability can change. As of January 2023, Greyhound Australia can take you from Melbourne to Canberra and Murrays Coaches can take you from Canberra to Batemans Bay. Other bus/train routes may be more fitting to your needs.
If you’re looking for a fast and efficient way to get from Melbourne to Batemans Bay, taking a plane is the perfect option. The trip takes 1-2 hours through Rex Airlines (Regional Express), offering a bird’s eye view of the beautiful coastal scenery of New South Wales. There are several flights departing everyday from Melbourne and arriving at Sydney airport where you can take a direct flight from Sydney to Moruya airport. From there, you can easily hire a car or take a bus 25 minutes north to Batemans Bay. When you’re heading home, there are direct 1 hour flights from Batemans Bay to Melbourne. This is a great option for those who want to make the most of their time and want to spend less time travelling and more time exploring Batemans Bay and Eurobodalla.
This gorgeous coastal town boasts a stunning coastline, boardwalk and thriving food scene. Get a glimpse into its rich history at the Batemans Bay Heritage Museum. Don’t miss the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden which blooms with native flora in spring and summer. End the day fishing from the wharf, exploring historic landmarks and nearby beaches, or simply unwinding with loved ones. With a variety of delicious local food options available, you’ll be savouring every meal.
There are plenty of activities for visitors to enjoy, such as swimming and fishing at the numerous nearby beaches, or sightseeing opportunities such as kayaking tours, nature reserves, wildlife-filled parks and hiking trails. After a long day out, settle in at one of the beautiful hotels, motels or holiday parks that Batemans Bay has to offer.